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Mobile Healthcare Apps: 7 Keys to Success

The number of available health and medical apps continues to increase, and while app loyalty and engagement has been increasing for most application categories, engagement and loyalty has dropped for health and medical apps.    At the same time, with healthcare consuming over 18% of US GDP and no end in sight, there are tremendous opportunities to use mobile technology, sensors and big data to bend the cost
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Agile Points: Handy for Healthcare Software Development or Thanksgiving Dinner

If you are new to agile development, you’re probably swimming in a sea of unfamiliar terms: user story, spike, sprint, stand up, points.  In this series, we’re going to tackle one of agile’s trickiest concepts: What exactly is an agile “point,” and how does it relate to time and budget? Points measure the complexity and effort required to complete a unit of work.  Pathfinder uses points because we find they
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Agile for Medical Software: Faster Launch in FDA Regulated Environments

View more presentations from Pathfinder Software The FDA regulates software for medical devices, and may in future regulate mobile medical software as well. Can you speed up time to market with Agile development in an FDA regulated medical environment? We shared our experience developing software using lean ux and agile software development best practices for medical devices and mobile medical software at a recent jo
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Partnering

This may be generic advice, but it might not be a familiar concept for those in IT working within a large organization doing validated software: Once you adopt the practices described in my previous blogs about regulated software, you will find that you aren’t working alone anymore. The tight feedback cycles allow you to regularly check-in with the business and involve them in building the software. Once this h
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Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

Bob Moll, Pathfinder Software’s Lead User Experience Designer, and Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO are giving a talk on Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle on June 30th. User Experience is critical to the success of a software product: Well designed apps get used and recommended, poorly designed ones get discarded. But traditional user experience is slow and expensive and doesn’
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Sweat the Details

Very few people in the software development community have issues with maintaining good attention to the details. However, I bet those who live in the regulated software community view the “normal” software world as quite sloppy. Attention to detail is a matter of life and death for a medical device. Because of this, the entire software community does a good job maintaining checks and balances. I have thr
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Functional Testing vs Technical Testing

Testing is a crucial part of all software development. If you don’t believe this you are likely just starting your career or haven’t had to support an application in production with users.  It becomes doubly important in regulated environments like the ones for medical devices. This is because testing for regulated software serves multiple purposes. There is the usual software product development reasons
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Agile and the FDA: Faster, Better Development for Medical Devices

We presented our approach to implementing agile in an FDA regulated environment to a joint meeting of the Chicago Agile Project Management Group and Health 2.0 Group last week. This is based on our experience developing software for medical devices, and focuses on how to get the benefits of agile development while conforming to FDA regulations.
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Checklists

Lets be honest: Checklists aren’t the most exciting topic to blog about. However, in the context of regulation they become interesting. Everybody loves checklists and hates them at the same time. It’s really easy to make them and just as easy to forget to use them. Later on, after the emergency and/or reason they were created has subsided, using the checklists becomes a ceremony – something that mus
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Have Some Class

The FDA states that a medical device is a product that is used for medical purposes in patients, in diagnosis, therapy, or surgery. As opposed to a pharmaceuticals, who use the body’s metabolism, medical devices act mechanically or chemically. The FDA’s role in this is to assure the safety and effectiveness of devices. Keep this in mind while going through the process (they are not just to make your life
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